June Madrona – A Long and Ugly Road
Recorded in a yurt next to chickens and a fountain. The song subjects vary from making out in the back of a car on the freeway, to drinking (just a little) too much, to feeling scared and hopeless after waking up to thunder rolling past you in the middle of the night. A broad range of emotions have been covered here, and they have all been written about quite eloquently. The simple stories within are the ones that, for many of us, often end up feeling the most important.
Polka Dot Dot Dot – Syzygy
Three people. One adventure. Cosmic alignment? Polka Dot Dot Dot, based in Olympia, WA, formed when three travelers (Jordan O’Jordan, Onyx of Olympia, and Colleen Johnson or Twig Palace) met on the treefern-speckled shores of New Zealand. Combining their solo sets for a last-minute spot at the Camp A Low Hum Music Festival, the Dots charmed crowds with their refreshing blend of folk, tin pan alley, and a cappella styles. Their first album, Love Letter to New Zealand reflected this impromptu musical spirit. This Limited Edition of 500 records will be available in TWO COLORS:200 in TRANSLUCENT ROYAL PURPLE and 300 in TURQUOISE
Agent Ribbons and The Star Crossed Doppleganger
With access to a wide array of instruments not normally used by the ribbonesses, this record will present a darker & stranger side of Agent Ribbons. The artwork is by world-renowned illustrator/musician Dame Darcy, the illustrator of the fairytale-esque comic book Meatcake. The actual records have been pressed on heavy one of a kind 70-gram, avocado green vinyl, housed in a matte-finished deluxe gate-fold jacket.
Analog America: A Four Course Meal of Found Sound is a compilation of conversations, messages, greetings, arguments, phone transactions and church meetings — all gleaned from random people’s old cassettes. The recordings are organized into four categories: Family & Friends, Work, Hobbies and Religion.
Briana Marela – Speak from your Heart
Briana’s Marela’s voice is a lantern light guiding you through a shadow world of beauty and terror. Experimental, without the self indulgence, Briana’s first full length recording flirts with ambient electronics, fever-mad drumbeats, and fuzzed-out sk-1, while remaining rooted in solid, beautiful song writing, and a voice that could scatter clouds. (note: CD has alternate artwork)
Chris Sand – Horse Graveyard
No gimmicks here, just guts. “Horse Graveyard” sneers and seduces but it always captivates as the lonesome cowboy hero recalls trials and triumphs from ghosts both past and present. Chris Sand’s dry and dusky drawl swaggers through the songs of “Horse Graveyard” fearlessly as he croons through a country baritone that is cool and removed yet hearty and exacting.
Christina Antipa – Everything Starts To Sing
Jordan ‘O Jordan Smith couldn’t stop raving about Christina so I asked him to write something about her. He hasn’t finished it quite yet as he’s leaving today on a Australia/New Zealand tour with Onyx of Olympia. So for now I’ll just say that the song “love me for the things i do” has followed me around for the last couple of months, and I have a feeling that this album is just the tip of the iceberg. -Ross
Eleanor Murray – For Cedar
“Borne through a year of home recording sessions and whittled cautiously from the bark and bulk of a fruitful storm, we now present to you the full-length debut from Olympia, WA songwriter Eleanor Murray. For Cedar’s opening track, Throughout the record, a backdrop of strings and distant vocals play commentary to the suits of arpeggios falling over the distance between forest and salt water.” – Anonymous Monk
Eleanor Murray – Oh Thunder
Olympia, WA, warble-songbird Eleanor Murray weaves songs from ferns and yarn. Music that is like looking into a glittery glass terrarium; each track is a miniature world of fog and trees. An album of country-folk dreams to make you swoon for a forest.
Eli Moore – Consuming Fire
Eli Moore’s solo release, “Consuming Fire”, weaves folk and pop traditions into spacious compositions featuring layers of guitar, piano, and Eli’s soft voice. A soundtrack for the unspoken desires of everyday life.
Ghost Mice – Debt of the Dead
Ghost Mice is a two-piece folk-punk band that hails from Bloomington, IN. Ghost Mice was created from the ashes of former pop-punk bands The Devil is Electric and Operation: Cliff Clavin. Chris Johnston (aka Chris Clavin) and Hannah Jones who played guitar and bass respectively for OP:CC and TDIE, decided to make their act acoustic so they could tour more easily and play almost anywhere. At the same time, Hannah dropped her bass in favor of a violin.
Jenny Jenkins – Oventoucher
“Like a flightless bird that tries to fly again / somehow I want love so bad even though I don’t want love.” As in the cover art, Jenny reaches for the frosted cake of love again and again, undeterred by the obvious dangers of the flaming oven. She confronts the subject of love with bravery, brutal honesty and a cast of talented olympians including Derek Johnson (Le Ton Mite, Unwound), Andrew Dorsett (Lake), Jen Kliese (Superduo), and Vince Brown (Tune Stranglers).
Joe Cappocia – Everything That’s Big Always Happens A Little At A Time
Joe builds his albums like log cabins, made of well-polished driftwood. Country-tinged pop from an Olympia, WA, alt-country darling (The Pasties, Blackberry Bushes). This album is a perfect Autumn record, to remember the sunny summer.
Joe Cappocia – Wake Up Rainy Morning
When I met Joe at an open mic he had dreadlocks and a hit song about pants with only one pocket. Joe told me of his plans to move out of his jeep into this treehouse he was building. He built that treehouse, it still stands. Then he built an even more amazing cottage and lived in that for awhile. Joe knows how to build things that will last. These songs are no exception. -Ross
June Madrona – Battlegrounds
This is the fourth June Madrona album. It features Micah Ellison on melodica and Danielle Chiero on flute, and explores themes of family and place. This lineup takes June Madrona’s composition to a new level, as Micah and Danielle are both classically trained musicians. The songwriting is as articulate and powerful as ever, and the musical accompaniment lends a gravity and fullness never before heard in June Madrona.
June Madrona – Isabelle's Paintings and Two Fantasies
The first two tracks on this record were inspired by the work of California artist Isabelle Baum, who’s work has been on display at The Green House, a DIY venue in Arcata, CA. Backed by two new arrangements of older June Madrona songs for flute and melodica. The record itself has been pressed on heavy 70-gram, forest green vinyl, with deluxe matte-finished gate-fold jacket.
June Madrona – Lions Of Cascadia
Cascadia is a dream. Before America, before the explorers came and renamed all of the mountains and the rivers, borders were formed by communities and histories were written in the heart. In their 4th studio album June Madrona returns to some of the wistfulness and instrumentation of the Winged Life. Lions of Cascadia tells the stories of the destruction and rebirth of our communities, our friendships, and our bodies.
June Madrona – The Winged Life
“He who bends to himself a joy, does the Winged Life destroy…” – BlakeThemed and titled after a work of William Blake’s, June Madrona’s second album “The Winged Life” explores themes of love and control. The lineup on this record is comprised of four people making use of guitar, cello, harp, glockenspiel, banjo, and of course, their voices.
June Madrona – Waves With Nowhere to Break
Kickball – ABCDEFGHIJKickball
Kickball – Everything Is… Vinyl
Mikah Sykes – Bad Feelings
“I don’t think the universe rewards a good deed, and I’m not even sure that love is always the answer. That said, the way Mikah Sykes’ childlike voice meets his folk-blues finger-picking and promenades around a track is pretty damn adorable, hippie-ish or not. Sykes’ tendency toward spacey experimentation is tethered by his deep love of the blues, which brings a familiarity and structure to his work that makes it feel like home. For a guy who recorded his last album in John Frusciante’s living room, he has stayed one of Portland’s better-kept secrets..but I doubt that’ll last long.”- Willamette Week, January 3rd-9th, 2007
Moon Diary – DVD
A lonely, childlike moon keeps a diary of his depression, boredom, and recurring nightmares. He writes about his very few friends: an invisible person, a pack of wolves, and a boy who lives in space on a garbage pile, protecting the earth from debris. Moon Diary is 7 days through the eyes of this gentle sky rock.Featuring animation by Curtis Randolph and Charlie Daugherty, and based on the original comics by Erin Tanner. Soundtrack by June Madrona.
Pale Robin – Birth Rites Versus
Pale Robin is a punk folk duo from Santa Cruz, CA composed of Mars and C.P.N. from Blackbird Raum. Their first album, Birth Rites Versus, came out in 2010 as the first release from Black Powder Records.
Polka Dot Dot Dot – Spring of Alchemy and Amory
Polka Dot Dot Dot – Syzygy
Three people. One adventure. Cosmic alignment? Polka Dot Dot Dot, based in Olympia, WA, formed when three travelers (Jordan O*Jordan, Onyx of Olympia, and Colleen Johnson or Twig Palace) met on the treefern-speckled shores of New Zealand.On their 2nd full-length release, Syzygy (a term that refers to planetary alignment), the Dots deliver a record that is unique, beautiful, and more patient than their last.Despite the fairly existential themes of this new record, Polka Dot Dot Dot have crafted an album that floats and bobs on a cosmic sea, and is neither too heavy nor too light. Here, gravity has a gentle touch and allows us along on this trip, leaving us star-speckled and beaming at the end.
Poppet – The Blue Sky is Always Blue
This amazing new album from California artist Molly Raney.
Poppet is the bold alter-ego of California-raised musician Molly Raney. Before my genesis in 2008, Molly spent many years of her child and early adulthood training in a wide variety of musical fields from western classical to jazz to choral to Hindustani (Northern Indian classical tradition) to Gamelan (Indonesian ensemble music). She studied with vocal coach Dr. Rebecca Plack of the San Francisco Conservatory, a major influence on her vocal style and elasticity. This broad musical background, plus her involvement with community freeform radio station KDVS, accounts for Poppet’s own sonic diversity.
Robin Cutler – No More Danger
Beautiful folk ballads steeped in all the heartache and yearning of the Northwest winters. Whether in collaboration with fellow Olympia musicians Eli Moore, Adam Oelsner and Dan Swier, or all by herself, “No More Danger” showcases an artist clearly in command of her craft as a songwriter and a guitarist. Robin Cutler will break your heart and stitch it back together again.
Rye ‘n Clover – Pencils, Paper & Scissors –
This modest release does little justice to the power and heart of Ithaca New York’s Ryan Clover. A fixture of the Ithaca radical community, his masterful song writing and furious banjo playing are bared to the listener in these sparse arrangements. This is the kind of album you can listen to over and over.
Rye ‘n Clover – Teeth, Bones, and Knives!
From the Finger lakes region in Central NY, Rye ‘n Clover isn’t just your average cover crop. This is Folk punk banjo songs. He’s singin’ for the damn love of music and the passion of livin’ free. Singin’ for the trees and the water and the mountains.”, We gotta win!
Sandman – Rough Notes from Otter Cove
The great-grandson of Montana and North Dakota pioneers, Sand grew up hearing cowboy poetry and country music. When hip hop culture hit “the Rez” (the Flathead Indian Reservation in western Montana, where Sand lived most of his early years), he learned to rap and rhyme to the pulse of baling machines and irrigation pumps. “Rough Notes From Ottercove” showcases the breadth of Sandman, ranging from old school hip hop, cowboy folk, and childrens songs. The album comes with a sumptuous hand letterpressed lyric booklet.
The Next Door Neighbors – Magic Vs. The Machine
Magic Vs the Machine is a coming of age story, full of images of transformation and struggle against the judgments and false-logic of the machine. From the defiant celebration of Magic Vs. the Machine to the quiet despair of The Train Song, wherever they go The Nextdoor Neighbors lead with their hearts.
Yes Please – For Now For Then For Them
Lily’s first full length release is an album diverse in feel and content. Acapella, nylon string guitar, lushly orchestrated tracks; this album displays a greatly expanded musical palette while retaining the well crafted imagery and lyricism she’s always shown.
You Are Plural – No More
“The duo’s music is primarily built around Ephriam Nagler’s Wurlitzer piano and Jen Grady’s cello,with plenty of vocal melodies contributed by both. The arrangements are minimal but lush at the same time,or at alternating times,as the pacing and arrangement of a song may dictate. The music has an earthy,organic feel akin to folk music,but I hate to really even plant that seed in your brain because I don’t think this is folk music. It’s intriguing,beautiful,and many other things,but not easily categorizable.”